CategoryDistribution and Transportation Artifacts, Water Transportation Accessories
Artist/Maker/ManufacturerThis Lyle Gun was manufactured by the Coston Supply Company of New York, probably around 1900.
Place MadeNew York USA
DescriptionThis is a line-throwing gun. It is made of brass and features a short-barreled cannon designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or victim in distress. The muzzle has a faint engraving "Phila PA" and "HSM US".
History of UseThe use of cannon ashore and on ship to throw a line and rig a beeches buoy dates to the mid-19th century. David A Lyle, a U.S Army officer, developed the basic pattern for what was known as the "Lyle Gun" in 1878. While manufactured by different companies, the Lyle Gun was a common lifesaving feature in North American from 1878 to 1952.